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Re: Celestine LaCoust or LaCoste of New Orleans 18

My ancestor, Valery Lacoste, was born sometime in the 1840s in New Orleans, and he was, as far as I know, a free person of color. I know that Maj. Pierre Lacoste, who was a free person of color and the commander of a New Orleans militia which helped defend the city against the British at the Battle of New Orleans, was a slave owner whose plantation still exists in St. Bernard Parish. There is also a Magdeleine Lacoste, who was the daughter of Jean Lacoste and a slave, who married a Charles Olivier and settled in an area between Jeanerette and New Iberia, La along Bayou Teche. I don't know the relation between all of these Lacoste, but inbreeding was not something that was necessary, not to mention being acceptable, in New Orleans society.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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